Next month our school will be embarking on a special project, an all-school book club called One School, One Book. Every family will receive a copy of the same book and will be asked to read it together at home over the next few weeks. We are asking you to make the time so that your family can participate in this special activity.
Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader, and it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With the One School, One Book™ program, we aim to build a Community of Readers at our school. Everyone – students, parents, teachers, and even administrative staff will all be following along together.
Your child will receive a copy of our carefully selected title, Rules, after a special school-wide assembly introducing the program and the book. Students will arrive home that evening having read the first seven chapters of the book. They should be able to summarize what was read. Along with the book, you will receive a reading schedule so that your child can keep up at home. Generally, your child will be asked to read about 15 minutes each night.
In school, your child will be invited to answer weekly trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive listening. You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. In class, students will explore the book through activities and discussion. You will want to make sure your family keeps up so that your child can be included. Throughout the event, everyone will be engaging in a shared conversation.
One School, One Book is a novel program in that children of all grade levels will all be listening to their parents read the same book. Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level. We also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. We have selected a title that can be followed and understood and enjoyed by middle school students, but will still captivate and stimulate younger children.
We know that you’ll enjoy this special reading time with your children. We look forward to sharing this experience with you and hope to talk with both you and your student about our book selection. “When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about.” With your help, we can build a Community of Readers at our school.
– Cascade Cavalier Staff